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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 - 41 Foundation makes schools safer for epileptic students During December, the Epilepsy Founda- tion and its affiliates around the country are initiating a campaign to make the nation&apos;s schools seizure-safe for children with epilepsy. As part of its Be Seizure Smart campaign, the foundation is offering school personnel nationwide special training in seizure recognition and first aid. "Every teacher is likely to have at leas one or more students with epilepsy in class at some time in their career. The training re- duces fears, dispels myths and empowers teachers and students to respond calmly and appropriately when a seizure happens in school," said Dr. Steven Schachter, chairman of the foundation'sprofessional advisory board. Misconceptions about seizures and seizure first aid are so common that the foundation also wants the public to know what to do and what not to do. In a national survey Of people with epilepsy, 15 percent said someone had harmed them during a seizure by doing the wrong thing. Here's how to avoid doing the wrong thing: Basic seizure first aid do's and don'ts: DO • Cushion the child's head • Turn the child to one side to keep air- way clear • Time the seizure. If the seizure lasts for more than five minutes, call for medical as- sistance. • Remain with the student until full con- sciousness returns. DO NOT • Put anything in the mouth. This may cause broken teeth, lacerated gums, a punc- tured palate or worse • Panic • Give oral medications during the seizure • Restrain or hold down. Doing so may cause pulled and torn muscles and can re- sult in broken bones. • Give food or drink until the person is fully conscious Schools wishing information about epilepsy and the training program for teachers and administrators should contact their local epilepsy foundation or call 800- 332-1000. There is also more information about seizure first aid on the program's spe- cial Web site at <www.seizuresmart.org>, and on the Epilepsy Foundation's regular Web site, <www.epilepsyfoundation.org>. 'They nurtured us; now we nurture them' Caring for parents with Alzheimer's By Patti Quinn The realization that Morn and Dad cannot function in everyday life like they used to is a hard pill for most people to swallow. It's a life crisis for many baby boomers who now must find ways to take care of their parents considering their own busy lives. It is difficult to know where to start when faced with the responsibility of helping Mum, Dad or both. The following is a list of start- ing points for caring for parents: Arthritis Foundation to elect officers The Arthritis Foundation will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6, at the Christiana Hilton, 100 Continental Dr., Newark. The evening will begin with a cash bar followed by dinner. Awards will be presented and new board members will be elected. Judy McKinney Cherry, chairman of the board, said the meeting "gives us an opportunity to review the many achievements of 1999 and set goals for the year 2000. • Be pre- pared when in- firmity strikes. Explore all the options avail- able with your parents before they become infirm. • Get in con- tact with the QUINN significant resources in your com- munity, such as social workers and physicians that specialize in geriatric matters. • Carefully evaluate providers of elder care services. Look into costs and quality. Visit facilities with your parents and talk over the options with them. • As a caregiver, you should vent your feelings with appropri- ate family and friends. Remember also to value your sense of humor. Enjoy the holidays and remem- ber to stop into the CHEER Com- munity Center in Georgetowri. Be sure to visit the Later Lifestyles Center, an adult day care program that may be just right for your loved one and you. Editor's note: Patti Quinn is the director of the CHEER Later Learning Lifestyles Center in Georgetown. For more informa- tion, call 856-5187. I-ea . Procrams Beebe Medical Center's Department of Integrative Health, Winter 2000 Programs With the first wave of baby boomers reaching 50, the challenge we have of providing help to people with arthritis is doubly important." For more information or to make reservations, call the chapter office at 800-292-9599. SAVE 20-50% MEN'S, LADLES' & CHILDREN'S SHOES FIRST QUALITY FOOTWEAR AT A DISCOUNT Featuring: Sebago • Docksides • Keds • Trotters • Sperry Top-ider • Tretorn • Etonic • New Balance • Clarks of England • Wigwam • Reebok * Rockport * Grasshoppers Best selection from over 15,000 pairs in stock. Men's sizes: N 9-14, M 6 I/2-15, W 6 i/2-14, WW 8-14. Women's sizes: N 6- I0, M 5- I I, W 6- I0, WW 6- I0. 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